Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Cards by Lady Anne Give Away

Lady Anne, of Cards by Lady Anne and Lady Anne's Paper Crafts, is having a give away. She is giving away a 6 pack of New Neon Marker pens. All you have to do is pop along to her website Cards by Lady Anne and leave a comment and add your name to her InLink. You must become a member of her blog to take part in this give away.  You can enter this give away up until Sept. 3rd (UK).
While you're there, check out all of the wonderful challenges that she has happening. Always something new and exciting :D

Thanks for looking ~ Charlene

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Anniversary Wishes

It’s time for another Sunday Release at Digistamps4Joy and we have a surprise for you. Digistamps4Joy has been given permission to digitise and sell CountryCrafts and Stamps Janel range of rubber stamps. So we are having a SPECIAL RELEASE to introduce you to this new range of digital stamps at Digistamps4Joy. And this release will not be the only time that you will be seeing them in the store. We will have a few of their images every Sunday.

I was lucky enough to be able to use Rose Trio and decided it was the perfect image to make a card for my sister’s upcoming Anniversary.
I decided on fall colours for my card as they were married in the fall.
I used orange cs from SU, the orange and green dp’s are from Echo Park’s Victoria Gardens Theme, and the yellow dp is by My Mind’s Eye. I coloured the image with my Staedler Pencil Crayons and oms. I cut the image out with my Nestabilities scalloped oval. The orange hearts are from my stash and the orange flat backed pearls are by Recollections. The layout is from a sketch from Christmas Challenges.

Now we are doing this a little different this time. On our challenge blog we will be showing 2 of our DT inspirations, and we will continue to show a few creations every day for 5 days! So we hope that you will go on over and check out the new images and then also check back to see what our fabulous DT has come up with to inspire you.

Thanks for coming and looking ~ Charlene
Challenges Entered:

Challenges for Everybody: Challenge #1 - Anything Goes
One Stitch at a Time: Challenge # 128 - Use a Digi
Stamping Sisters in Christ: Challenge #154-Punches/Dies/shapes
Craft Your Days Away: Challenge #52 - Anything Goes
Digi Designs Challenge Blog: Wedding/Anniversary/Engagement



Saturday, August 25, 2012

Pattie's Creations Anniversary Sale

Pattie’s Creations is having a 20% off Anniversary Sale from August 31st – September 8th. To check out her sale just click here and it will take you straight to her store.
Enter the code ALLIE  at the checkout.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Extra Extra Read All About It


You heard right, Digistamp4Joy is having a DT call!


Would you like to be a member of our Design Team?
If your answer is YES, then HURRY ON OVER to our
BLOG and read the details of what we need from you.

This DT call will run from today (24 August) until Midnight 31 August 2012 (Central Africa Time). The new Design Team members will be announced on the blog on 4 September 2012

We'd love to hear from you !!!

Now I have to tell you all, I have been on the DT for Digistamps4Joy for over a year now. It was my first DT position and I have been loving it. You will not meet a better group of ladies and Margy and Jen are just fabulous to "work" for. So if you're interested, I urge you to hurry on over and put your name in.
Hugs ~ Charlene

Pattie's Creations Birthday Challenge #51

Morning all, hope you are all having a wonderful day today. It’s time for another challenge over at Pattie’s Creations and this time the theme is Birthday’s. It’s really funny that we are doing a theme on birthdays on this particular day, as it happens to be mine and my team mate Anne Temple’s birthday today. I just thought that was so funny…talk about a coincidence. Between my family and friends, I think that we have most of the days in August covered.  
So I decided to do a card for a friend of mine for this challenge. I used Allie and Wheelbarrow for it because I just loved how it was such a wonderfully calm and relaxing type of image. Just the kind of day that I’m hoping to have…doing nothing but my crafting.
The card is what’s called a fat page card. I just love doing these little babies because they are such a challenge to fit everything that you would do on a full sized card onto a card that is only 4X4. Now do you see what I mean about the image? Doesn't Allie just look all relaxed laying there beside that wheelbarrow full of flowers? You can just about feel the sun beating down on him.
I coloured the image with my Prisma Pencil crayons, oms and my green and silver metallic gel pens. I also used my gold glitter pen to fill in the insides of the flowers. The lilac swag and butterfly was something that I had in my stash as where the buttons. If you look closely at the lilacs you will see a nice bit of glitter on them. The flat backed pearls are from Reflections and the pink and clear rhinestones are by Deco. The purple cs is by Bazzil, the pink polka dot dp is from BoBunny and the pink rose dp is from my local dollar store (sorry no name with it). The green dp is by SU. The sentiment on the tag is a freebie that I got from Digital Doodling.
I used the sketch from Crafting Life's Pieces for my project.
Now it’s your turn to show us what you can do. Just remember that our rules state that you must have a digital or stamped image on your creation. It doesn’t have to be a Pattie’s Creations image, but we sure would love it if it was. To check out our challenge and the rules just head on over to Pattie’s Creations Challenge Blog. While you’re there, check out the incredible creations that my teammates have come up with and if you can, leave them a little love...and maybe some birthday wishes for Anne (even if they are belated *laughing*).
Thanks for looking….Charlene

Challenges Entered:
 ATC's and Cards with Attitude: Challenge #21 - Anything Goes
Fat Pages and Cards with Attitude: Challenge #21 - Anything Goes
QKR Challenge: Challenge #2 - Anything Goes
Divas By Design: Challenge #49 - Anything Goes
Flutterby Wednesday: Challenge #202 - Friendship (must have a butterfly or fairy on it)
Stamp N Doodle: Loaded with Layers
Lady Anne's Paper Crafts: 2nd Colour Challenge with CWJ
Crafting Life Pieces: Sketch Challenge #50

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

ABC, 123 It's Back to School for You (Not Me!)

School days, school days
Dear old golden rule days
Readin' and 'ritin' and 'rithmetic
Taught to the tune of the hickory stick
You were my queen in calico
I was your bashful barefoot beau
And you wrote on my slate
"I love you, so"
When we were a couple of kids

Happy Hump Day everyone! It's time for another fabulous challenge at Digistamps4Joy. This fortnight our challenge is all about back to school. Yup, the kids...and or partners, are going back to school and we want you to make something to welcome them back...or convey your sympathies *laughing*.

Now I don't have anyone going back to I decided to make something that either me or my dd could use. I used Emma for my creation and oh my goodness she is just a dream to work with. Because my dd and I are avid readers (more often than not you can find her nose in a book *laughing*, I decided to make a book mark.
I just love this image...isn't she just adorable in her little dress and hat. She looks all ready for her first day of school. I paper pieced her and made the base with scraps from my stash. The green dp is from SU. I coloured her flowers and band on her hat and the top of her dress with SU markers. The rest of her is coloured with Crayola pencil crayons and oms.  

The Vintage book mark design are by Nicecrane Designs. The small pink flatbacked pearls are by Recollections and the green one's on the flowers are from my local dollar store. The flowers were made by me using my punches.

Thank you for coming and looking at my creation. We hope to see you enter your own creation in our challenge. You can find all of the rules and a list of prizes on Digistamps4Joy Challenge Blog.

Thanks ~ Charlene

Challenges Entered:

Crafts and Me: Challenge #98 - Autumn Colours
Divas by Design: Challenge #49 - Anything Goes
Inky Impressions: Challenge #73 - Back to School
Paper Shelter Challenge Blog: Challenge #78 - Anything Goes
Scrap Creations Challenge: Back to School
Loves Rubber Stamps: Challenge #14 - Back to School


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Birthday Greetings

On August 9th South Africa celebrated National Woman’s Day and to help celebrate Digistamps4Joy is having a Portrait of a Woman Challenge. We want to see your creations that are geared towards women. Funny, serious, elegant or somewhere in between, it doesn't matter as long as it portrays how beautiful and wonderful a woman is. Please, no witches, goth, vampires, fairies, etc.
Last week it was Team A’s turn to wow you, this week it is Team B’s. I chose the image Diva “D” for my card. Actually mine is not a card, it is a fat page (for information on fat pages click here). I wanted something fun for a birthday card for a friend of mine.

I chose to do a Criss Cross Card for my fat page. The cs is by Stampin Up, the purple polka dot dp is by Bazzil. As usual I used the piece of dp with the name of the flowered dp on my project and I have no idea who it's by. One day I will remember not to do that lol. I used some purple and yellow flowers by Prisma and some beautiful rhinestone swirls by Recollections. The image was coloured with Crayola Crayons and oms, and the gold on her purse, strap and bubbles for the champagne are done with my Gold Glitter Gel Pen. I punched the edges with my SU Scalloped Trim Border punch.

The sentiment is by A Piece of Heart.
Now it's your turn to show us what you've got. Just head on over to our Challenge Blog and add your wonderful creation...we'd love to see them. You still have a few more days to get in on the fun. While you're there, check out our rules and the fabulous creations that my teammates have made to inspire you.

Thanks for looking....Charlene

Challenges Entered:

Crafting for All Seasons: Challenge #33 - Bright Colours
Inky Impressions Challenge: Challenge #2 - Pearls and /or Bling
Whimsy Inspirations: Challenge #50 - Lots of Layers (end of the month)
EFG: Challenge #29 - Bling
Can You Digi It: Challenge #16 - Purple Please
Cards and More: Challenge #62 - Anything Goes
Craft-room Challenge: Fashion
Jackson's Digital Expressions: Challenge #18 - Anything Goes; Optional        Colour Challenge
Critter Sketch Challenge: Challenge #128 - Use a Digi (ends the end of the month)

Happy Birthday Dino

You all know that my dear daughter and I were recently in Alberta to work the Calgary Stampede. What you do not know, is that shortly after we came back home my great nephew was celebrating his 3rd Birthday. Since we were going to be there close to his birthday I decided that I just had to do up a birthday card for him. Luckily I had just gotten this totally fabulous image from Digistamps4Joy that was just perfect for his birthday.
The image is called Toon Dragon and I paired it up with another Digistamps4Joy image called ChristmasHat, but I made it into a birthday hat. The piece of cake is from Dustin Pike. The images were coloured by my daughter Kat and I with Crayola Pencil Crayons and oms. Kat also helped me to pick out all of the papers and embellishments that we used for the card…she’s such a great help :D
This is the inside of the card. When we gave it to him it did have a birthday sentiment in it, but I was in such a hurry because we were leaving the next day and I forgot to take a picture of it. Maybe my niece will do it for me and send me a copy. The orange cs is by Stampin Up, the Dinosaur paper is called Dinosaur Collage and it’s by Karen Foster Design. I just love this paper because it not only has the names of dinosaurs on it, but also has some fun facts about them. The circles paper on the front is by Sandilion. Unfortunately, as usual, I used the piece of paper with the name and manufacturer on it for the green “scale” paper on the actual card so I have no idea who it’s by. The wonderful pterodactyls and volcano are 3D Pop-Up Fun stickers by Craft Medley Krafty Kids and I found them at my local dollar store.  

Thanks for coming and looking...hope I have managed to inspire you.

                                   Hugs ~ Charlene

Challenges Entered:

Crafting for all Seasons: Challenge #33 - Bright Colours
Little Red Wagon: Challenge #146 - Dog Days of Summer; Use an animal
PWC 219 (Paper Pretties Wednesday Challenge) - Square Card
Whimsy Stamps: Challenge #50 - Lots of Layers (ends the end of August)
Bearly Mine: Challenge # 48 - Fly Fly Away; Anything with Wings
Cards and More: Challenge #62 - Anything Goes
Scrap Creations: Kids Theme; Cards/projects for kids
Jackson Digital Expressions: Challenge #18 - Anything Goes + Optional colour challenge

Friday, August 10, 2012

Calgary Stampede 2012

As some of you may know, my daughter and I were recently in Calgary working at the Calgary Stampede. It was brutally hot, but oh did we ever have a great time. Now you’re probably wondering why I brought this up. Well, Pattie’s Creations is having another challenge and the challenge this fortnight is to create something that is not a card. Not a card…oh my goodness what was I to do? And then it hit me….something that I had wanted to do for my daughter since we had gotten back. And this is what I came up with….

I used 3 of Pattie’s wonderful images for this project….Cowgirl Pattieboop, WesternBoots and Western Hat(Western Hat has not been added to the store yet, but will be soon). I coloured Pattieboop and the boots in reds and tans because that’s the colours in my daughter’s bedroom. I left the hat white and added some red and white bakers twine on it to simulate our cowboy hats from the Stampede.

The images were coloured with my Crayola Crayon Pencil Crayons and oms. The 2012 Calgary Stampede was done with sticky letters and numbers that I had someone give to me recently. And the picture is one of me and my daughter at the Stampede.
Now it’s your turn to join in. It’s so easy to do, just head on over to Pattie’sCreations Challenge Blog and check out the rules. And while you’re there check out all of the incredible projects that the rest of my teammates have done.

Thanks for looking….Charlene

Challenges Entered:

Paper Crafting Journey: Anything Goes (Finishes Sept. 12)
Crafts and Me Challenges: Challenge #96 - Use a Digi (end of August)
Ruby's Rainbow: Anything But a Card
Cards and More: Challenge #62 - Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments Design: Clean and Simple

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Portrait of a Woman

August 9th is National Women's Day in South Africa and to celebrate Digistamps4Joy's Challenge this fortnight is Portrait of a Woman. We want to see your creations that are geared towards women. Funny, serious, elegant or somewhere in between,  it doesn't matter as long as it portrays how beautiful and wonderful a woman is. Please, no witches, goth, vampires, fairies, etc.

This week is Team A's turn to wow you with their wonderful creations, but I'm hoping if I give you a sneak peak you will come back next week to see what I've come up with.

Hopefully this has wet your appitite to come back next week. But while you're waiting go on over to our Challenge Blog and check out what my team mates have come up with...and maybe join in the fun. You'll find all of the rules for our challenges on the right hand side.

Thanks for looking.....Charlene

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Digistamps4Joy New Release Sunday

Well I don't know about all of you, but we have been getting some smokin hot weather here on the West Coast of Canada. And today is supposed to be even hotter than it's been all week....sure glad that we have airconditioning in our house *laughing*.

As today is Sunday, it is New Release day at Digistamps4Joy and do we ever have some wonderful images for you again this week. The DT got their choice of one of two different images to choose from this time and I chose's one of my favorite flowers (even though I have never lived in a place where I can grow them). I used the image to make a fat page for a friend of mine for her birthday. This is the back of it and it will be put into an album of fat pages.
The cs and dp is all from Bazzil. The purple cs has been embossed with my Cuttlebug embossing folder Victoria. The rhinestones are by Deco and I picked them up at my local dollar store. I coloured it with my Crayola Crayons and oms...and although it doesn't look like it from the pictures, the colours are shades of purple. I used small lavendar coloured flat backed pearls on the ends of the stamen for my flowers. The birthday sentiment is from Desert Diva. I have outlined the image using my SU felts.

To see the entire release, head on over to our Challenge Blog. And while you're there, hopefully you'll check out what my teammates have done and maybe leave them a little love.

Thanks for looking ~ Charlene

Challenges Entered:

Come and Get It Challenges: Adult Birthday Card
The Corrosive Challenge: Challenge #155 - They Say it's Your Birthday
No Matter Which Challenge: Challenge #1 - Anything Goes (Closes Aug. 26)
2 Sister's Challenge: Challenge #103 - Anything Goes
Catch The Bug Challenge: August Anything Goes
Challenge Up Your Life: Challenge #75 - Everything Goes

Friday, August 3, 2012

Freebie Friday at Pattie's Creations

It's the first Friday of the month and that means a freebie over at Pattie's Creations. And she has the cutest little image to give to all of you today. Unfortunately I don't have a watermarked picture of it so you will just have to make your way over to our Challenge Blog and go check it out for yourself. But don't delay, it's only available for two days.

Hugs ~ Charlene

Monthly Friday Freebie

Well all, it's the first Friday of the month and you know what that means....yup, it's freebie day over at Digistamps4Joy! And have they ever got a fabulous image for you really don't want to miss out on it. It's called Garden Gate and it is just so versatile.
To get this fabulous freebie, just head on over to the Digistamps4Joy Challenge Blog....and while you're there check out the incredible creations my teammates have posted. But don't delay because this image is only free for 2 days, then it goes into the store.

Hugs ~ Char

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Stripes and Polka Dots....Oh My!

It’s here at last….our new mattress arrived today! I’m so excited, I can’t wait to get a good night’s sleep tonight….and see if this headache I’ve had has been caused by my bed. If not it’s back to the dr.’s for tests on the deteriorating disc in my neck. But at least I’ll have a nice comfy bed to come home to *smiling*!

But I digress, onto the real reason you’re here. There is still time to get in on Digistamp4Joy’s current challenge, which is Polka Dots and Stripes! Yup, we wanna see both of them.  The card that I made is a really special one as it was made for my dd Kaitlynn’s (Kat) 20th Birthday. And what better image to use than Sophist-Kat? It uses her nick name and it gives you the idea of what kind of card I wanted to do.
I wanted to do something a little more "grown up" seeing as how it was her 20th Birthay so I chose a Tri-Shutter card...well actually she chose it. I told her I had to make a DT card and asked what her favorite fold that I've done is. She likes the Tri-Shutter card....she also thought that red went well with the Aqua paper I had already chosen...I totally agree with her *smiling*.

To join in on the fun, just head over to the Digistamps4Joy Challenge Blog for all the details and the list of prizes. While you’re there check out the fab creations that my teammates have come up with.
Hugs ~ Charlene
Aqua CS and Striped DP by SU
Red Polka Dot DP by BoBunny
Red Glitter dots on dress done using my Red Glitter Gel Pen
Coloured with my Crayola Pencil crayons and oms
Lg Red Flower from my stock
Med. Green flower center made with my 5 petal punch
Sm. green flat backed pearl from my stash for the center
Red flower center made using my SU punch
Rhinestone flourishes by Recollections (some clear rhinestones taken out and replaced with Red one’s I got from Tee Gerber….thanks Tee)
Small red flowers on inside of card by Forever in Time
Vine is Savannah Border by Memory Box
Nestibilities Scalloped Die
Challenges Entered:

 A & T Emerald Faeries Challenge - Challenge #28 - Fourishes /Swirls
Barely Mine Challenges - Challenge #46 - Anything Goes
Die Cutting Diva's - Challenge #76 - Anything Goes
Party Time Tuesdays - Challenge #79 - Anything Goes
Sassy Cheryl's Challenge Blog - Challenge # 126 - Pretty Papers
The Stamping Boutique - Challenge #44 - Anything Goes
Twisted Tuesday Challenge - 2TC17 - Free for all